Spring 2021 Magazine

NEW PODCAST: Brad Soderberg, Virginia Men's Basketball Assistant Coach

THIS IS EPISODE 286 OF THE SPORTS SPECTRUM PODCAST

Brad Soderberg is an assistant coach for the Virginia men’s basketball team and helped the Cavaliers to their first-ever national championship earlier this month.

Soderberg arrived at Virginia after serving as head coach of Lindenwood University for six seasons (2009-15). He also served as head coach at Saint Louis (2002-07), South Dakota State (1993-95) and Loras College (1988-93).

He also coached at Wisconsin for six years, from 1995-01, where he started as an assistant coach under Dick Bennett, the father of current Virginia head coach Tony Bennett. Soderberg helped the Badgers advance to four NCAA Tournaments, including the 2000 Final Four, and one NIT appearance. In the 2000-01 season, Soderberg took over as the interim head coach early in the season, and along with Tony as an assistant, guided Wisconsin to an 18-11 overall record and NCAA Tournament appearance. Soderberg was the first Wisconsin coach since 1911 to win his first eight games, and the first to lead the Badgers to the NCAA Tournament in his first year. He also spent one year as an assistant coach at Saint Louis in 2001-02 under former Washington head coach Lorenzo Romar.

On this episode of the podcast, we talk to Soderberg about winning the national championship, having his family with him to celebrate in Minneapolis, how faith played a role in shaping the culture within the team, and what he’s learned both on and off the court from Coach Tony Bennett.

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